Month: October 2019

Thank you Child Life Specialists for deploying to the Bahamas!

The last month has been a wild and amazing ride for Child Life Disaster Relief. The Bahamas Ministry of Health and US Coalition of Physicians requested Certified Child Life Specialists deploy to the Bahamas to provide support following Hurricane Dorian, and several volunteers answered the call.  These deployments would not have been possible without the …

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CLDR Local Initiative Piloting in 7 Cities

One of the most important factors in promoting resilience and positive outcomes post-disaster for children is the services and support they receive within those first few hours after a traumatic event. Unfortunately, this is also one of the largest gaps in disaster services for children; there are currently no nationally coordinated services directly focused on …

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Veterans United Foundation Donates to Hurricane Dorian Response in the Bahamas

In just one week, a team of three Certified Child Life Specialists have been able to serve approximately 175 children, each demonstrating the effects of Hurricane Dorian but also the therapeutic power of play in healing!  The team reports encountering lots of hyperactivity and aggression and having numerous breakthroughs as the children process the array …

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Bahamas Deployment Update

Last Friday, three incredible Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS), Cara Smith, Eileen Esposito, and Hayley Wells, deployed to the Bahamas to work with children and families that have been affected by Hurricane Dorian.  They have been busy making connections, assessing needs, and supporting children in shelters, clinics, orphanages, emergency rooms, and homes. Eileen shared an …

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